John Martin & Michael Gough

John Martin & Michael Gough


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John Martin and Michael Gough have been making music together for over 14 years. During that time they have become a duo force that can hold their own on any stage as an opening or headliner in the Blues/R&B genre. They have played festivals doing just that, opening and as headliners. Albert King, Pinetop Perkins, Jimmy Vaughn, Big Bill Morganfield, Bob Margolin, Leon Russell, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Tinsley Ellis, Lonnie Brooks, Long John Hunter, Delbert McClinton, Magic Slim and the Teardrops, John Prine and the Real Deal Blues Band are among a few of the celebrated blues icons that they have shared a bill and stage with. Two time Grammy award winning dobroist Curtis Burch appears in concert with the duo (to trio) and the full band on distinguished dates.

Michael's, 52, musical background started at the age of 8 when his mother taught him 4 basic gospel chords on the piano. He took those chords and taught himself how to play songs from his youth, Edwin Hawkins Singers..O Happy Day, The Temptations..My Girl, Sam Cooke..Stand By Me and many more. As the years progressed, so did his repertoire. At the age of 14, his mom furthered his musical ambitions by purchasing him a set of drums. At 19, he picked up the bass guitar earning his first paying gig after 6 months of teaching himself the basic rock and roll and blues licks, and hasn't looked back. The next 20 years he played in countless all original and cover bands. 1989 marked new beginnings forming his first namesake band, the Michael Gough Group. In 1993 he hired John Martin as a fill in. During that time, John was studying music at WKU.

John Martin earned degrees from Western Kentucky University and Austin Peay State University. He is currently director of guitar and music technology studies at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green Kentucky. He has appeared in Guitar Player magazine, and has made concert appearances with artists such as Al Martino, Norm Crosby, Tinsley Ellis, Clint Holmes and Red Buttons. Along with teaching at Western, he is currently very busy as a freelance musician for several groups including his own jazz trio. John spent Thanksgiving (2007) in Iraq on tour with Michael Scott. He has also toured the Mediterranean Sea and Pacific north coast with Princess Cruise Lines.

John and Michael won the Kentucky Blues Society state competition in the solo/duo category. They will compete at the 24th International Blues Challenge in Memphis on January 31st thru Febuary 2nd, 2008, representing the Kentucky Blues Society--


Soul Tuggin' CD, released in 1997. Tracks 1 & 3 Somebody's Holdin' My Own & Liberty Line, at

The John Martin Jazz Trio Live At Tedesco's released 2002

Set List

90 minute concert set/Three 60 minute club sets.

Liberty Line
It Didn't Work Out (This Time)
Hard On A Man
We Danced (All Night)
Hard Pill (To Swallow)
In The Other Room
(This Is) Your Song

Crossroads....Robert Johnson
Walkin' Blues
Love In Vain
Dust My Broom
Sweet Home Chicago
Blow Wind Blow....Muddy Waters
Walkin' Blues
Long Distance Call
Honey Bee
Hoochie Coochie Man
I'm Ready
Mannish Boy
Rock Me Baby
You Shook Me
Trouble No More
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
Little Red Rooster....Howlin' Wolf
Killing Floor
Built For Comfort
Going Down Slow
Sittin' On Top Of The World
I Ain't Superstitious
She Caught the Katy...James "Yank" Rachell
Statesboro Blues... Blind Willie McTell
Stand By Me...San Cooke
Crosscut Saw...Albert King